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Puglia (plus Matera) Ponderings--first stab at itinerary

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I got it--the airfare I have been waiting three years for--so I am finally heading to Puglia in late May, round trip to Bari... with only 9 days. So, here is my initial plan so I can pick it apart all winter while I plan and consult with DH, who is far too busy paying for airfare to do any trip planning.
We are not masseria types. We like cities or tiny towns with good restaurants. Not really driving types either, but I realize that may be a necessity for part of this trip.
We arrive at Bari at 5pm. While I am more than willing to give Bari a shot, time is too precious on this trip. Should I give in and enjoy Bari this evening, or make my way to somewhere about an hour away? (considering paying for a hotel transfer if possible--no driving on this day - jet lag).
Two alternate itineraries so far:
Bari one night
Matera 2 nights
Lecce 3 nights
Monopoli or Polignano 3 nights

Matera 3 nights (I would like to have time in the first destination to shake off the jet lag and do one of the hiking tours on offer in addition to the sassi tour)
Lecce 3 nights
Monopoli or Polignano 3 nights

I am thinking it will be a little early in the season for coastal towns of the Salento, but we will have the option while staying in Lecce. I am very drawn to Lecce but not as familiar yet with day trip options and worried it may not fit into my usual plan of doing more in a smaller area. I assume we could visit the trulli area from Lecce about as easily as from Monopoli or Polignano. I am thinking Monopoli or Polignano because they are close to the trulli for day trips and also close enough to Bari for our departure time of about noon. We love the sea.

Would love to hear opinions on other towns to consider staying in. There is some appeal in staying in the trulli area to enjoy them after tour buses depart. Also considering towns like Ceglie Messapica and Martina Franca.
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts. I have loved reading about this region over the years.

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